Comics Illustrator of the Week: Robert Crumb

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This is just a small sampling of Robert Crumb’s body of work.  It was Terry Zwigoff’s 1995 documentary, Crumb, that first opened my eyes to the famous “underground” comics artist.  I was instantly drawn to his ultra-detailed, scratchy cartoon style and the fearless honesty of his work, albeit sometimes brutal & ugly in nature.  Instead of boring you with a long wall of text, listing the highlights of Crumb’s illustrious career, I’ll say just go watch the documentary, if you haven’t already. It’s a great piece of filmmaking and a fascinating exploration of the human condition.

Zap #16, the final issue of Zap Comix hits stands this week.  Crumb provides another cover and some comics, including another installment of “Aline & Bob” with his cartoonist wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb.  This edition was originally included in The Complete Zap Comix Boxed Set, which is still available at a measly, discounted price of $423.70 on Amazon.  I know that may sound like a lot, but if you were to track down and buy all of the original comics in that collection(which would be quite a feat!), I’m sure you’d be spending way more than that!

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Author:Andy Yates

Andy is a freelance illustrator, and animator. He writes about comics at comicstavern.com. See his work at plumdill.tumblr.com.

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6 Comments on “Comics Illustrator of the Week: Robert Crumb”

  1. February 24, 2016 at 12:57 pm #

    He totally had an iconic way of drawing and he is a legend

  2. liamski98
    February 25, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    https://asimpleslothslife.wordpress.com

  3. Jack
    February 26, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Comics illustrator of the millennium…

  4. February 27, 2016 at 4:29 am #

    i like

  5. Dylan Horrocks
    March 2, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

    The Big Joe Turner drawing is by William Stout, not Crumb. Stout did a series modelled on Crumb’s Heroes of the Blues cardsand people often get them mixed up.

  6. March 9, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    Hey, Shared your R. Crumb post on our Facebook page (Keep On Truckin Apparel) and you received 837 Likes and 266 Shares so far–great job!

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